Police probe cash machine scam

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Police are warning people to be extra vigilant when withdrawing money - after scammers targeted two cash points.

The crooks fitted hi-tech card skimming devices,capable of stealing account details, to cash machines in Moodiesburn and Muirhead.

One victim, a young woman from Chryston, had a three-figure sum of money taken from her bank account after using a cash point in Cumbernauld Road. A false gadget recorded her card details, allowing the scammers to clone it and withdraw cash.

In the second incident, an eagle-eyed local businessman spotted a false device had been fitted over the normal slot of a cash machine in the Larchfield area of Moodiesburn and contacted police.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “These scams are carried out by gangs who can make thousands of pounds a day. They operate all over the UK and have obviously decided to target this area.”

Officers in North Lanarkshire have now issued advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of a range of cash point scams.

nbefore using a cash machine, have a quick look to see if there’s anything suspicious about it. As well as card skimmers, criminals also use small cameras to record pin numbers.

nanother tactic for the scammers is to use a card trap, which causes your card to be lodged in the machine allowing the fraudster to retrieve it later. If your card is ‘swallowed’ by a machine then call your bank immediately and have your card cancelled.

n always cover the keypad with one hand while using the other to enter your PIN. This will stop miniature cameras or onlookers seeing your number.

nremember that your PIN should never be revealed to anybody else or written down in the same place as your card is kept.